Fifteen-year-old Mari Pujols believes that the baby she’s carrying will finally mean she’ll have a family member who will love her deeply and won’t ever leave her. But when doctors discover a potentially fatal heart defect in the foetus, Mari faces choices she never could have imagined.
This literary, thought-provoking YA is based on true events and navigates a complex and impossible decision that can crush even the bravest of women.
Pass the tissues please.
Click here to read an extract from Water In May.
Out this September – order your copy today.
Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea
This is one of those books where fact is stranger than fiction. The world drawn in these pages; the violence, the hunger, the friendship, feel too dark, too deep and too harrowing to be real. But real the experiences are.
Every Falling Star, the first book to portray contemporary North Korea to a young audience, is the intense memoir of a North Korean boy named Sungju who was forced at age twelve to live on the streets and fend for himself. To survive, Sungju creates a gang and lives by thieving, fighting, begging and stealing rides on cargo trains. Sungju richly recreates his scabrous story, depicting what it was like for a boy alone to create a new family with his gang, “his brothers,” to daily be hungry and to fear arrest, imprisonment, and even execution. This riveting memoir allows young readers to learn about other cultures where freedoms they take for granted do not exist.
Read the first chapter of this arresting memoir here.
Out this September, pre-order yours today.
“A comic of substance, real feeling and expression” Paul Gravett, Editor of 1001 Comics to Read Before You Die
In the mid-1930s, Irmina, an ambitious young German, moves to London. At a cocktail party, she meets Howard Green, one of the first black students at Oxford, who, like Irmina, is working towards an independent existence. However, their relationship comes to an abrupt end when Irmina, constrained by the political situation in Hitler’s Germany, is forced to return home. As war approaches and her contact with Howard is broken, it becomes clear to Irmina that prosperity will only be possible through the betrayal of her ideals. In the award-winning Irmina, Barbara Yelin presents a troubling drama about the tension between integrity and social advancement. Based on a true story, this moving and perceptive graphic novel perfectly conjures the oppressive atmosphere of wartime Germany, reflecting with compassion and intelligence on the complicity that results from the choice, conscious or otherwise, to look away.
This incredible story is depicted in an elegant, emotive and, in places, fittingly dark style. The overall affect? A timeless and intelligent graphic novel. Winner of the Best German Graphic Novel prize at the 2015 PENG Awards, Irmina is a book not to be missed.
Irmina by Barbara Yelin is out this March from SelfMadeHero. Find out more and pre-order your copy on our website.